May 30, 2024
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WATCH: John Terry, Kaka and Alessandro Del Piero among those who feature in Saudi Arabia Legends game as FIFA president Gianni Infantino gives himself No.9 shirt and captain’s armband

John Terry, Kaka and Alessandro Del Piero among those who feature in Saudi Arabia Legends game along with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Saudi football fans were treated to a spectacular legends game at the Al-Ahli Sports Club with several iconic players gracing the pitch, to create a star-studded spectacle for enthusiasts.

FIFA president Infantino also kicked the ball donning a No.9 jersey and even wore a captain’s armband. The FIFA top boss also shared a mini clip with the snippets of the match on his Instagram account.

WATCH THE CLIP

WHAT INFANTINO SAID ABOUT THE MATCH

Infantino wrote: “For one last time before the FIFA Club World Cup 2023 final, I gathered with friends and FIFA Legends here in 🇸🇦 Jeddah to enjoy a friendly game of football. ⚽❤️

“It was a great opportunity to interact and engage with the fans, who keep showing how football is an effective way to break barriers, eliminate discrimination and spread joy. 🤗

#FootballUnitesTheWorld ⚽🌍🌏🌎❤️”

THE BIGGER PICTURE

The match took place after the FIFA Football Summit 2023 where Infantino urged all stakeholders to stand firmly beside the referees. His comments come in the wake of the violent incident in Turkey which saw match official Halil Umut Meler get assaulted by Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca.

“We all have to fight for the referees against any sort of abuse and violence, but also to bring back respect and tolerance,” he said.

“And this starts with us, this starts with you, with the leaders of football, with the way we speak, with the way we act. It is our responsibility, because what we do has an impact on many, many girls and many, many boys, not just positive but also negative.”

WHAT NEXT?

The FIFA president will be present to watch Friday’s Club World Cup final between Manchester City and Fluminense at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

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